Montpellier-OL: Reconnect with success at La Mosson (21h, Téléfoot)
OL and Montpellier started the season a little later than the others: on August 28 for Les Gones with a big win against Dijon (4-1) and the next day for the Montpellier, who fell away to Stade Rennais (2-1). Unfortunately, OL failed to build on their initial success and conceded a frustrating draw at Bordeaux this weekend (0-0). With four points, the club is tenth in the standings. If the things are far from being set in stone, with the Rhone side counting on a game in hand, they would be well advised to pocket the three points in Hérault.
Rennes, Monaco, Lille, St-Étienne, Marseille: these are the five clubs which occupy the first five places in the ranking. Apart from PSG, who were defeated in their first two matches, all the top names are present and the fierce fight for Europe seems to be on. OL must catch up to this leading pack and not fall behind their direct competitors as points will be worth so much this year. If you add Nice and Bordeaux to the six previously named clubs, it makes a lot of contenders for the top places -- it’s up to OL to do well.
Montpellier had suffered defeat on the first matchday but made up for it by defeating Nice this weekend (3-1) after the Côte d'Azur side had two wins in as many games. So far, their transfer window has been fairly calm, having suffered only one major loss in Rulli, their starting goalkeeper. He has been replaced by former FC Basel man Jonas Omlin. With Michel Der Zakarian still in charge, Montpellier is a team that always knows how to pose problems for the heavyweights in Ligue 1, as evidenced by the third matchday last season, when they beat OL at home (1-0) .